It’s a big weekend for the design industry as the the Interior Design Show kicks off in Toronto tomorrow. We got a sneak peek this morning and handpicked the most exciting exhibits, designers and products at the show this year. From unique booth designs to new artisans making their mark, here are the most inspiring takeaways from IDS16.
Shopping for unique art and furniture doesn’t have to mean globe-trotting to the world’s top markets anymore – not if you visit
Caviar20’s online shop. An e-commerce business, their website features a curated mix of art and design from the 20th century. Expect bright pop-art prints and iconic mid-century chairs among other treasured vintage finds.
It’s nice knowing where your furniture comes from – and when you buy your furniture from
1925 Workbench, you know it comes from a studio in Toronto owned by a passionate husband-and-wife team. When Rock and My Le Nguyen moved into their 1925 house, they recognized the need in the market for well-priced custom hardware. And so, they combined Rock’s passion for wood and My Le’s passion for designs and the arts to create their company. “Together, we are constantly transferring the beauty of wood into the functionality of the home,” says the couple.
See inside Rock and My Le’s home on
H&H Online TV.
One of the most exciting things to come out of the Studio North exhibit at IDS this year, which features the work of young Canadian designers, is
Jordan Söderberg Mills show-stopping 3-D Anaglyph Mirror. The psychedelic piece is custom-made using technology from NASA and comes in a variety of prismatic color combinations, creating a a blurred reflection that’s a study in color and light. Born in Ontario, Jordan has apprenticed with master sculptor Francisco Gazitua in Chile, in addition to receiving degrees in art history, architecture and design.
Habitat for Humanity built a life-sized home made entirely out of Mega Bloks in an effort to raise awareness towards the issue of affordable ownership. On display at the IDS show this year, the house is made of 35,000 bricks – enough to be twice as tall as the CN Tower if stacked one on top of the other. The impressive and colorful display is a humble reminder of the Canadian families who don’t have a place to call home.
To make a donation and see a video that tells one family’s touching story, visit
Featuring products from 10 inspiring Canadian designers, EQ3 Assembly is a standout booth at the show this year. One of our favorite pieces is Kenneth Lavallee’s Assembly Quilt, a take on Aboriginal star blankets inspired by his Metis heritage. The collection will be available for purchase on February 15, 2016.
One of the show’s top attractions is Tom Dixon’s pop-up shop, featuring his iconic lighting, tabletop and office accessories. Set against a matte black wall, the stunning collection welcomes show-goers as soon as they step off the escalator. If you aren’t attending the show, find out where to purchase Tom Dixon’s collection
An ode to Canadian design, Ontario Wood’s booth feels like a rustic cabin. The interior features products by true north makers, like Lars Dressler of
Brothers Dressler‘s signature branches chandelier.
Also hopping on the 3-D trend is DXV American Standard, who has created a line of 3-D printed faucets. The graceful hardware spews water out majestically, offering an artful addition to any bathroom.
House & Home Style Sunday has become one of the weekend’s biggest events (last year’s talk is pictured). On Sunday, January 24th, House & Home editors including Lynda Reeves and Suzanne Dimma will be taking the stage to talk 2016 trends, offer styling tips and introduce the designers on our hot list. If you won’t be attending, be sure to follow along on
Twitter and Instagram to get the inside scoop.
Tickets are available for purchase